Open Call

West Dean Artist-in-Residence Open Call

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

With Funding
Free / No Costs
West Dean, United Kingdom


Applicants must be 18 or over. Residencies can only be awarded to individual artists, not collaborative groups. This opportunity is not open to students in full-time education, although PhD candidates can apply. This is an international opportunity, with travel covered within the UK.

Number of Participants

This is a single occupancy residency. There are three residencies per year, each residency is three-weeks long.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


October 01, 2019 - June 30, 2020


  • £200.00 material budget (one-time)
  • £150.00 travel budget


Ceramic Facility, Conference Rooms, Desk Space, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Library, Piano, Sculpture Facility


Private Room


Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks, Tea, Vegan

Public Programs

Professional Development


Book Arts, Ceramics, Choreography, Composers, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Land Art, Makers, Multimedia, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Research, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Visual Arts



Program Description

Co-ordinated alongside the full-time Fine Art programmes at West Dean College, the residency is designed to support contemporary practitioners in developing research projects and studio-based practices. The residencies are informed by West Dean's rich history of supporting skills-based making as well as the legacy of its founder, Edward James, renowned for his support of individual artists and avant-garde collaborations across a variety of creative fields. The residency programme provides artists with full board accommodation for a three-week period. Studio space is provided, as well as access to a variety of resources and facilities, including the College Library, technical support, the Historic House and the West Dean Archive and Collection. Applications are encouraged from artists whose interests align with a variety of thematic areas related to the College's history and current activities. Apply online at

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